Shari joined the graduate trainee scheme in residential care and enjoyed it so much that she decided to stay. She has now progressed to become the Deputy Manager of a care home in Teignmouth.

She says “It’s been brilliant. I’ve been well supported and I feel privileged to have come through the graduate scheme. I’m working towards being a registered manager – that’s the next step for me. There’s a real emphasis on team work here, and we look after our people as much as our residents.”

“The role is so much more than just qualifications on a piece of paper. You develop a bond with residents and you get to genuinely care about them. You know, the little touches like saying good morning make a lot of difference to people.”

Her advice to someone thinking about becoming a care worker: “Do a job that makes you happy. If you want to make a real difference and you’re a people person, then give it a go. There are opportunities to progress if you want that. You’ll be part of something that gives back.”